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Impactful Exhibition At London Climate Action Week

By Practical Action On 05.06.2024 Climate changeBlog

The climate crisis is having far reaching impacts on the lives and livelihoods of people living in poverty and eroding development gains made over the past 50 years. Hundreds of millions of people need support to adapt so that they can lead decent lives and be prepared for continued future changes.  

The climate has already changed. We are seeing impacts on people’s daily reality and the ecosystems they rely on. 

Communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America who have contributed least to the crisis are most at risk. They also have the least resources to adapt. We believe that by working with communities, and the systems that hold them back, we can make a difference. 

In association with British Expertise International and London Climate Action Week, we will be displaying a selection of images portraying the transformational work we do with communities around the world in their brand new exhibition, Equilibrium. 

“Each photograph etches a story of adaptation… offering glimpses into the myriad ways communities across the world grapple with environmental challenges. Through the lens, we witness their courage, innovation, and determination—a testament to humanity’s enduring spirit.” – D Contemporary (British Expertise International’s Gallery) 

The exhibition will run from 18th-29th June at 23 Grafton Street, London. Please check with the gallery before you travel to make sure of opening times and special events that they may be hosting by emailing [email protected] or by calling: 020 7318 9208. 

Elderly woman wearing a hat and colorful top washes her hands at an outdoor water tap in a lush garden with solar panels in the background.

Sunshine powers progress 

In Burkina Faso, where long and frequent droughts make growing food difficult, solar-powered irrigation is transforming lives. Farmers like Simpore can now water their crops using solar energy, ensuring food security despite climate challenges. Practical Action is implementing sustainable energy solutions across three continents, empowering people like Simpore to thrive, not just survive.

Find out more: Seeding transformation in Burkina Faso – Practical Action 

Hopeful Bangladeshi farmers standing in floodwater with a bunch of cucumbers.

Hope hangs on the flood plain 

Purnima and her husband have adopted an innovative farming method on their flood-prone land in Bangladesh. Their ‘hanging farm’ allows them to grow vegetables over floodwaters, providing food for their family and extra to sell. Practical Action’s work with smallholder farmers like Purnima is enhancing livelihoods and strengthening rural economies.

Find out more: Hope rises: Bangladeshi farmers overcome floods – Practical Action  

An image: Deborah blows a whistle during a disaster resilience training exercise. She volunteers in the local ‘brigade’, helping to give her community vital early warnings in the face of destructive floods and landslides.

From risk to resilience 

In Bolivia, Deborah volunteers to protect her community from climate-induced floods. When water levels rise, she alerts her neighbours, helping them secure their families and belongings. Through the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance, Practical Action collaborates with communities like Deborah’s worldwide, enhancing their resilience to extreme flooding and safeguarding lives and livelihoods.

Find out more: Resilience that protects – Practical Action 

Practical Action nominated for Earthshot Prize 2023 for empowering women in a tomato plantation.

Growing hope from the soil 

Mirriam Phiri (front) and Eli Mhone (back) in Malawi are using circular farming techniques and solar-powered fridges to grow and store crops sustainably. These solutions help them support their families while conserving natural resources. Practical Action’s partnership with female farmers like Mirriam and Eli is cultivating a generation of skilled women who lead their communities toward sustainable success.

Find out more: Hot houses and cool work set to reduce harvest loss in Malawi – Practical Action